Classroom of the Elite 2nd Season, You-jitsu 2nd Season, You-zitsu 2nd Season ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ 2期 Classroom of the Elite II
Classroom of the Elite Season 2 story is continues the Island Special Examination is anything but smooth sailing. Almost immediately after their return, the first-year students of Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School face yet another special exam, with both class and individual points on the line.
In addition to the complicated ruleset, more issues arise in the form of Kakeru Ryuuen and Kei Karuizawa. Angered by the previous test’s outcome, Ryuuen is dead set on outdoing every class in the new challenge using any means necessary. Meanwhile, Karuizawa, a crucial pillar of Class D, is close to crumbling under the pressure of her past.
The stage is now set for Kiyotaka Ayanokouji to once again—using the full extent of his planning, foresight, and ruthless manipulation—steer Class D to victory as dangerously close enemy forces try to bring it down.
There are only a few shows that make me feel the thrill, and genuine impatience when waiting for a new episode. The Classroom of the Elite season 2 is one of them.
After a rather mediocre first season, with an unnecessary amount of fanservice and a bit too slow-paced action, 2nd season started really strong. The story isn’t that repetitive anymore. There’s significantly more action than before. The story is getting straight to the point.
With the new season, we get to know better few characters, such as Karuizawa and Kushida. Especially interesting, and important for the first few episodes is Karuizawa’s story plot. Like with Kushida, we get to know a bit of her backstory, and what is driving her, when making certain decisions. Ayanokouji is gaining more allies, or I should say tools, that are helping him reach his goals. While gaining “tools”, also his enemies counter is going up, but they, apparently, can’t even compete with MC at any point, in literally anything, which makes the story quite predictive. As mentioned above, the story is paced faster, than it used to be in the first season. It’s a good change since some viewers could find the first season boring. There are no unnecessary beach arcs, or pool arcs, which in my opinion were done ridiculously in the first season, and turned “psychological” anime into ecchi comedy. The show is slightly less focused on points/currency things, which is good, since viewers are usually not really eager to analyze all those numbers floating on the screen, and sometimes this can become overwhelming.
Art is really a disappointment in this season. As far as I liked it in the first one, here we got a visible downhill. The animation feels weird at times, and colours are not as vibrant and detailed as before.
Not much to complain about. Opening deserves special attention – it is absolutely great.
Ayanokouji has to be one of my favourite anime characters of all time. His whole appearance, actions, behaviour – everything adds up perfectly, creating the MC that viewers really want to see. His personality is something that makes people love this anime so much. He’s smart, good at sports, and martial arts (piano and calligraphy too). During the show, viewers can acknowledge his thinking process, and how he is constantly analyzing his surroundings. Ayanokouji’s character is basically the powerhouse of the whole series since I can’t think of any other character being that interesting in this anime. He may be seen as an overpowered character though, and that point alone discards any mystery in this show since viewers are already used to the scheme where MC is always in a winning position.
Horikita was the main heroine of the first season, and the thing is supposedly the same now. However Karuizawa is getting much more screen time, and the overall focus of the show is more on her than Horikita. Her character isn’t getting developed really well, since she’s still doing similar mistakes, as in the first season, and basically is only a tool for Ayanokouji. Viewers may have mixed feelings about her. Personality-wise she acts like a tsundere, but at the same time, she doesn’t appear to be one. She’s kind of inconsistent with how she feels, and it makes her cold, and blunt.
Karuizawa seems to have a much higher impact on the plot than anyone could expect after the first season. The first episodes already suggest that the action will be now more focused on her. Viewers get to know her personality, and past better. She’s starting to play a more important role, in the whole of Ayanokouji’s plan. Her character development is noticeable. She’s way more confident and determined to reach her goals, with Ayanokouji’s help.
Kushida after playing a significant role in the first season, now getting revealed to be a traitor to the whole D class. Viewers get to know her dark personality since she shows it to Ayanokouji and Horikita. This side of Kushida can rarely be seen in the anime since she’s still playing an innocent, helpful girl in front of others.
Personally, I really liked the 2nd season of COTE. The story finally picked up some pace, and as a viewer, I’m impatiently waiting for new episodes. The biggest downsides were probably poor animation, and my personal remark about the Ayanokouji character – as far as I understand the whole show is based on how perfect and infallible the MC is, it often feels unnatural. Dialogues, and interactions of Ayankouji with others, on the other hand, are just hilarious. I absolutely love his cold responses, without any sign of emotion. It really makes up his whole appearance and personality.
The Classroom of the Elite season 2 didn’t disappoint me. I’m really glad I discovered this series recently since this show is really worth a watch. Very good plot, as well as characters. Decent art and sound. COTE 2nd season gets deserved 8 out of 10 from me.